Kranji Marshes Revisited

Since the last visit in May this year with volunteer guides from Nature Society Singapore, I have not been back to Kranji Marshes so I was looking forward to this second guided walk. Again, my hope was just to have a glimpse of the Purple Moorhen, and maybe a closer look at the Black Cap Kingfisher and the Lapwings.

Immediately after we alight from the bus at Turut Track, we saw 2 dollar birds up on the power line of the BBC Transmission Station. But what got all of us excited was not the dollar birds but this Black Winged Kite! 

Black winged Kite

Unfortunately, it was so high up on the wire and it was mostly facing away from us that I can get a really decent shot. But for a lifer and a record shot, I think this photo is great. What a great start to the walk!

We saw a Purple Heron subsequently. But it was silhouette against the light so to date I still don’t have a proper photo of the Purple Heron.

Purple Heron

Further in, we saw a Blue Tailed Bee-Eater on a solitary branch right out in the open. How lucky!

Blue-Tailed Bee-Eater

It flew off when a Spotted Dove landed on the same branch.

Spotted Dove

The next bird we spotted was actually not within the marshland itself but in the open field next to it. We were separated by a chain-wired fence but some eager eye spotted a yellow bird on the ground. Turn out to be a Grey Wagtail although initially I thought it was a Yellow Wagtail.

Grey Wagtail

Just a few feet away from the Wagtail was 2 birds which got the guide very exciting. Wood Sandpiper which apparently is quite uncommon. Unfortunately they were too far away and on too low ground for a clear shot

Wood Sandpiper

We saw a few raptors including a Oriental Honey Buzzard and a Brahminy Kite flying around. That was probably why there were many photographers on the watch tower. I managed a shot of the Brahminy Kite

Brahminy Kite

We saw and heard many other birds including the Black Cap Kingfisher which was on a railing. But it was so far away that it is a wonder the guides can spot it. There were also the usual sunbird, pink neck green pigeon and crow.The guide also saw the Lapwing but try as I could, I couldn’t spot them.

Compared to the last trip, there were less species spotted but it was still a rather fruitful morning spent wandering through the only remaining marshland on mainland Singapore.

 

 

In my Own Backyard 3

Walking the combine Pasir Ris Park and Tampines Eco Green, both places just within stone throw from my place and though migratory season is over, there are still some birds around. Here are some which can be found in these 2 areas.

Starling

Asia Glossy Starling

Black naped Oriole

Black Naped Oriole

Beeeater 2

Bee-eater

Grey Heron

Grey Heron

Little Egret

Little Egret

White Throat Kingfisher

White Throat Kingfisher

Iora

Iora

Sooty Headed Bulbul

Sooty Headed Bulbul

Yellow Vented Bulbul

Yellow Vented Bulbul

The Jungle Fowls population in Singapore has grown tremendously. There are sizeable population in Pasir Ris Park, Fort Canning and many other parts of Singapore.

Cock 1

Jungle Fowl male

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Jungle Fowl Female with chicks

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

Have not been there for some time and thought I paid another visit before the migratory season is over. Hit pay dirt early when at the main hide just after the main bridge, spotted a Collared Kingfisher which was close enough for a nice shot. The best part was when we came back it was still there and this time with a partner. 2 for the price of one!

06-SBW_3764There were the usual suspects, the Plovers and the Egrets and the Milky Stork.13-SBW_3657

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A bit disappointed that I didn’t see any woodpeckers or snake but was excited when some visitors informed that they saw a crocodile up on the bank just a short distance away. So we went crocodile hunting but couldn’t find it. In the end though, we managed to see 2 of them at the usual place under the main bridge.05-SBW_3776Then there are the usual monitor lizard which are often mistaken for the crocodile or worse still, Komodo Dragon. 04-SBW_3782Most time we see them in the water but high up in the tree?03-SBW_3793

Another animal that is always up in the tree – the cute little squirrel.12-SBW_3677

Spotted a fly on the ledge of the Tower and it didn’t fly away even when people moved nearby. Changed to a macro lens and got this close up.11-SBW_3704Wanted to take more shot of this since it was such a quiet and cooperative model but M was shouting excitedly about some bird on a tree and so when to take a look.  I think it is a Olive backed Sunbird but it was so far away and this is the best that I can managed. 10-SBW_3713

All in a rather fruitful morning out there.

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

Been to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve a few times but not been able to get some decent pictures until this latest outing. The real purpose was to catch a glimpse of the 3 metres long crocodile but unfortunately after covering almost 2/3 of the place, all we sighted was this creature and its siblings. 
Me think it is the year end holiday seasons and the croc which Npark said came overseas from Johor and is therefore a FT, had took leave and gone home for the holidays.
No crocs but plenty of birds. Managed to took some nice photos although I don’t know what birds they are other than the general description.
I think these are plovers. 

An egret?

A heron?

A yellow billed stork?

A white collared King Fisher
Common Redshank?

M also spotted this caterpillar. I am still amazed at how she can see things like this. I could have walked past without a second glance

And these caterpillar has a Chinese Dragon like feeler. Amazing!

And these lot. I think they are a bunch of caterpillars but they look more like a tarantula.

This was the most productive trip to Sungei Buloh so far. Hope to come back soon with a little bit more time and cover the rest of the other route and take more pictures.